Yesterday we went hiking just down the street from the Manor House on the trails in Barbour Woods.
This morning Old Man Winter finally showed up in Norfolk. But there is no need to despair for outdoor adventure can still be found just a short walk from the Inn. In the winter these trails are open to the public for cross country skiing and snow shoeing.
Frederick Shepard was an important force in shaping the town of Norfolk at the turn of the 20th century. He owned extensive properties in and around the center of town, and in the decade between 1885 and 1895 he acquired a piece of property just west of Lovers Lane and built Beech Hill Road with plans to develop but it never became more than a carriage road through the woods.
We took the walk from the Inn down Maple Avenue which in about 2/10ths of a mile turns into Lovers Lane — a very appropriate name as the Manor House has been voted Connecticut’s Most Romantic Inn for several years in a row — and entered the woods at the Barbour rock, easily seen from the street. There are many trails through these woods and maps are available at the trailhead. We followed the carriage road to the stream and crossed Killarney Bridge, built in 1908 and heavily damaged in the hurricane floods of 1955.
The trails are wide and well maintained. If Old Man Winter sticks around they will soon be ready for snow shoeing and cross country skiing. If you don’t have your own equipment, snow shoes can be rented at Morsel Monk in Winsted and Housatonic River Outfitters in West Hartford. We recommend reserving a pair in advance and picking them up on your way to the Manor House where we are offering Winter Specials on two night stays. Give us a call at 860-542-5690 to book a Winter Getaway today. If you’d like more information on our specials, and events that are happening in the Norfolk area you can sign up for our monthly email newsletters. Send us your email at email@example.com and request to be added to our mailing list.
***Thank you to the Norfolk Historical Society and their lovely book Picturing Norfolk for the history of Barbour Woods